Date: June 28th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Now one thing I noticed when unpacking this monitor is that it isn't exactly the smallest form factor monitor I have had the pleasure to deal with especially after reviewing the SyncMaster 970P a couple months ago. But remember, the 970p is also almost 3 times the price so for a little bigger form factor and one inch more viewing area, it might be a beneficial trade off. But realistically, will you notice that this monitor is bulky? Oh hell no....... It's footprint is still under 12 inches.
The bezel still fashioned in true Samsung style by keeping it to minimum without sacrificing product rigidity. At 3/4 of an inch, you wouldn't want to go much thinner without the monitor turning into a wet noodle.
The front lower right bezel area incorporates the monitors setting controls. From left to right you have the menu button to call up the main menu, the upper setting scroll button which also acts as the quick MagicBright setting button, then you have the lower scroll button which also is capable of calling up the brightness control without having to fish through the main menu. Next you have the initialize button, followed by the auto-configuration button and last but not least, the power button.
The auto-configuration button can only be used when you are hooked up via the analog VGA cable. With one button push it calibrates the screen sharpness and location and sets itself up perfectly. Saves a lot of time trying to get it perfect through the menu controls. And trust me, you can't do it as well as it sets it up.
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION & MONITOR SETUP
First install the monitor driver and then move onto the other software programs and install them all without restarting until the last program. Then restart your computer and go to the Natural Color icon that will be by your clock in the taskbar.
Once you have installed the Natural Color software, you can adjust the color properties to perfect match the colors they represent in real life and also match the colors perfectly to your color printing. Although this utility could be handy, I never had to use it. Colors were perfect right out of the box.
Moving on to the Magic Tune(tm) Software, you can also adjust the color, use the software's preprogrammed presets or adjust the brightness manually.
Next is the contrast. With a contrast ratio of 1000:1, you will be more than likely reducing the contrast a bit seeing it is so bright at stock settings. Follow the instructions and set the contrast to you taste.
Next is the resolution. I won't be commenting on this too much seeing you will want to set it to the maximum resolution of 1600x1200 and you will not want to reduce it any lower.
If you don't want to bother going through all the setting separately, you can use the software's Setup Wizard which will walk you through all the main settings and will have you setting your monitor up perfectly within about two minutes.
I will state again that I really didn't need to use this software and stock defaults were absolutely perfect. It is all up to your personal preference whether you will need to change any of the properties. For most people it will be perfect right from the initial press of the start button.